All of us at The Barbell battalion are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our team. Megan Nicole has been in the fitness industry for 6 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with all of you. She will be writing for the site about eating healthy, training tips, fitness blogs and more. As we welcome her to the team, we wanted YOU to get to know all about her as well. below you will find an interview we did Megan. You will be seeing her on the site alot more and we hope her content mnakes you that more healthy. Welcome to the team Megan!
Name: Megan Nicole Larson
Date of Birth: Monterey, CA
Weight: Fluctuates between 124-130 depending on time of the year
Hair Color: Dark blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Location/Hometown: Salinas, CA
I grew up doing dance and yoga. I was never a gym rat until after I became a personal trainer. Originally, I was holistic nutrition coach but I met a few bad trainers preaching awful dieting strategies and horrible form and I wanted to be able to help my clients both with fitness and nutrition. I wanted to help girls like me that had tried fad diets and weren’t comfortable in the gym find a healthy way to lose and maintain weight and develop a fit lifestyle that they enjoyed. I didn’t like the ‘one size fits all’ fitness and nutrition coaching I was seeing.
What keeps you motivated?
I stay motivated by switching things up. I do not do the same type of fitness or lifting program year round. I believe it is important to cultivate a balanced fitness lifestyle that involves physical activity outside the gym. If I’m getting bored, I will switch up my plan to another fitness activity or exercise plan I find engaging and challenging. I rotate between heavier, bulking lifting periods and cutting phases where I will do more yoga, dance, hiking, jiu-jitsu, circuits and HIIT.
Who’s the most inspirational person in your life?
My mother is an inspiration to me- she’s is a two-time breast cancer survivor and one tough lady. She’s always been very selfless and loving. My dad is also a big inspiration as well. He started as a simple plasterer with a construction company and over the course of nearly 40 years worked all the way up to CFO. His hard work ethic has always been an example to me. If you want something and I mean truly want something then getting up early or staying late or working weekends shouldn’t be an issue. I used to complain about getting up early for crappy part time jobs but one day when I was getting up at 3:30am for clients and I didn’t care because I was working the job I loved, I finally understood what he meant.
What does your current training split look like?
Right now I’m currently switching to full body workouts 3-4 days a week with a few cardio sessions mixed in. As the weather warms up, I love going for long hikes and walks or jogs along the beach. I’m currently doing more circuits, HIIT, and yoga but still adding in heavier lifts 3x a week.
What’s your favorite body part to train?
I think it’s a mistake to choose one over the other as both can be beneficial. I do both. HIIT is great for burning fat while preserving muscle but activities like meditative walks or hiking (steady state) are good for cardio endurance. It’s important to keep in mind cardio has many other benefits besides just fat loss.
What are some of the most common mistakes made when someone is trying to get ripped?
Trying every diet and program but not sticking to or being consistent with one long enough to see results. Give a program or nutrition plan at least 6-8 weeks before deciding it doesn’t work. I’ve had clients barely follow a meal plan for three weeks then give up saying that its not working. So many shows sell the idea of “instant results” when that’s not realistic.
Funniest thing you’ve seen at the gym recently?
It wasn’t recent but a year or so ago when I worked at a gym in Arizona people would always use the hack squat machine while it was broken. They would actually take the sign off the machine to use it. The machine would get stuck at the bottom so people would have to nearly do the splits to crawl out. We’d find the sign on any piece of nearby equipment. Seriously people if a machine has an ‘out of order’ sign on it, please don’t try to use it. One guy got stuck and had to be helped out of the machine but two trainers.
Who do you look up to in the fitness world?
Heidi Somers, Jacklyn Abrams, Annie Parker are the first ladies that come to find but there are so many more. I love all the body positive account on IG like shewolfvegan, Meg Hanaro, and Amanda Adams. They have made me take a hard look at the language I use when marketing programs towards women and the way I talk about my own body and progress on posts. So many people in the fitness industry trying to make money off telling women they aren’t pretty or worthy of wearing a bikini until they fit a certain aesthetic idea.
What are some of your favorite motivational quotes?
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight”
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”- Malcolm X
Do you have any gym, pet peeves?
Yes! I do not like guys that make extremely loud sexual noises when lifting for attention, people not putting back their equipment, and people that Facetime the entire time they are working out.
I really want to try more forms of martial arts and do a Spartan or Tough Mudder race.
What are the contents of your fridge?
Right now lots of fresh fruits and veggies, kombucha, almond milk, coconut cream, lean meats, tempeh, and eggs.
How do you prepare meals? Do you cook daily or cook for the week?
I mainly prep my meals. I will take a few hours every few days and cook a few meals. I also have a few places in town that I will grab healthy meals if in a bind. Majority of the time I count my macros so I will already have all my meals planned out or prepared the night or two before.
Who is your favorite superhero? And why.
Never really been into comics and superheroes so I don’t have one
What are your favorite cheat meals and foods?
Pizza, Mexican food, and donuts.
Ice cream, gelato or fro-yo?
Workout music – what’s on your playlist?
Depends on the workout but I have a few go-to Pandora stations with Rob Zombie for lifting and club/house for cardio.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
I absolutely HATE it when people make comments on what I eat. “Oh look at the personal trainer eating so and so. Guess it’s a cheat meal right?!” or “Oh I can’t believe you just ate all that? Guess I’ll see you at the gym tomorrow.” Just because I’m a trainer and nutrition coach does not give someone the right to comment on what I’m eating. I don’t walk up to you and make negative, catty comments about your food choices or how much you are eating. I eat healthy a majority of the time but sometimes I like to enjoy an untracked meal or treat or I fit it into my macros. This is especially annoying when on a date or at a social event. Sometimes I eat lean ground turkey and broccoli, other times it’s a donut.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
I’m currently writing my first book which should be available on Amazon next year. I’m so excited about that! My other greatest achievement was working for Matt McChesney at 60 Strength and Conditioning in Colorado. I was told early on in my career I could never work with football players or male athletes because none would take me serious. It was such an incredible opportunity to work with such amazing teen through pro athletes including NFL players.
If you could interview one person alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My grandmother on my dad’s side. She was into nutrition but passed away before I was born. I would love the chance to talk about nutrition and health with her.
What are some of your best diet, nutrition and supplementation tips for someone who wants to get ripped?
- Be consistent & trust the process
- Research your coach/trainer! Go to someone certified with experience, not thousands of youtube or IG followers.
- Research the supplements you take. Look up the ingredients. Educate yourself on everything you put into your body.
I am an Arbonne Independent Consultant and I currently use their protein powder and sports line. I’m not a big fan or artificial sweeteners or crazy stimulants. Arbonne products are free from artificial colors, dyes, and crazy high amounts of caffeine.
What are your favorite 5 muscle building exercises and why?
- Hip thrusters: great for booty building
- Stiff legged deadlifts: great for strong legs and back
- Pushups: basic exercise someone should be able to do some variation of at any fitness level
- Plank: great for all over core strength
- Pullups: another basic exercise everyone should be able to do some variation of at any fitness level
Favorite activities and hobbies you enjoy when away from the gym?
Yoga, dance, hiking, martial arts
What’s your favorite holiday?
What are your future goals, dreams, and plans?
Keep building my fitness business and inspiring others to find a balanced, active, healthy lifestyle that is sustainable.
If someone wants to connect with you, where can you be found?
- Facebook: Megan Nicole Fitness
- Website: megannicolefitness.com
- IG: megannicolefitness
- Twitter: megannicolefit
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org